To further reduce the risk of transmission from newly arrived foreign employees into the workplace, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has decided to extend the post- Stay-Home Notice (SHN) 7-day testing regime to all newly arrived Work Permit and S Pass holders in Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors from higher-risk countries/regions.
Previously only those headed to dormitories needed to be subject to the additional 7-days testing. These foreign employees are also required to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test upon arrival from 5th February 2021.
7-Day Testing Regime
From 5th Feb, newly arrived Work Permit and S Pass Holders of the CMP sectors who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries/regions will have to stay at a designated facility to go through an additional 7-day testing regime, after completing their 14-Day Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
These include foreign employees who are currently serving their 14-Day SHN in Singapore. This additional requirement has been in place for newly arrived foreign employees living in dormitories since 6th January 2021.
As this is a new requirement, the Government will bear the costs for the additional accommodation and tests for foreign employees for now.
Foreign employees will be transported by Government arranged transportation to the designated facility after they complete their 14-day SHN. During the 7 days at the designated facility, your foreign employees will be required to take further COVID-19 tests.
Any COVID-19 positive cases will be swiftly isolated and conveyed to a hospital or a Community Care Facility for treatment. Their close contacts will also be quarantined and isolated.
They will be discharged and allowed to be admitted into their residence only after receiving a negative test result administered on the 7th day of the additional testing regime i.e. they will only be able to leave the designated facility on the 8th day after entry.
Employers will be able to pick up your employees after 6 pm. If the results are not ready, employers will be informed via a phone call on the day of the pick-up itself.
Foreign employees will not be allowed to leave the designated facility for work, or other purposes like attending the Foreign Worker Settling-In Programme.
On-Arrival PCR Test
From 18th January 2021, all newly arrived work permit and S pass holders from the Construction, Marine, and Process (CMP) sectors from higher-risk countries/regions are subjected to a mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on top of the mandatory Serology Test upon arrival in Singapore, if they tested negative for the Serology Test.
From 5th February 2021, they are required to take the PCR test, regardless of their Serology Test results. This allows for early detection of COVID-19 cases, provides access to medical care quickly, and reduces the risk of leakage of imported cases into the community.
Frequently Asked Questions (Additional 7-day testing regime)
- Who will pay for the additional cost at the designated facility?
The Government will bear the costs for the additional accommodation and tests for the foreign employee(s).
2. Do employers need to arrange for meals for their employees at the designated facility?
Daily meals will be provided at the designated facility by the Government for now.
- Do employers need to inform their employees of the requirement to be part of the additional 7-day testing regime?
Employers should inform their employees that they are required to be part of the additional 7-day testing.
- What is the testing regime and why is there a need for additional testing after the initial 14 days?
As the Ministry of Manpower has started approving the entry of a larger number of foreign employees into Singapore, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) considers it prudent to further reduce the risk of a missed COVID-19 positive case entering the dormitories and starting a new cluster.
Hence, the Government introduced this 7-day additional testing regime which took effect from 6th January for all newly arrived foreign employees approved for entry into Singapore and staying in dormitories. In view of the worsening COVID-19 situation globally and the emergent of new virus variants, the MTF has decided to extend this additional testing regime to all newly arrived CMP foreign employees who are not residing in dormitories from 5th February.
Employees will undergo a series of tests as part of this additional 7-day regime. This will further reduce any risk of existing dormitory residents coming into close contact with an imported COVID-positive case. In turn, this will minimize work disruptions for foreign employees and employers.
- Will the new requirement apply to foreign employees who do not need to go through a 14-day SHN upon arrival in Singapore?
No, the additional 7-day testing regime is only for foreign employees arriving from higher-risk countries/regions who are subject to a 14-day SHN upon arrival.
It will not apply to foreign employees arriving from lower-risk countries/regions who are either required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival or serve a 7-day SHN with a COVID19 test administered at the end of their SHN. These foreign employees can move into the dormitories after their COVID-19 test is negative and when their SHN, if any, is completed.
Please refer below for the list of countries whose foreign employees are subject to this requirement: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/entryapprovals-for-foreign-employees-and-shn-requirements
- Do employers need to transport employees from the SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF)
after completing their 14-day SHN to the designated facility for the additional 7-day
The Government will arrange for the employees to be transported to the designated facility after they complete their 14-day SHN.
- Can employers arrange for their employees who are undergoing this additional 7 days of testing to go for medical examination and fingerprinting?
Employees are not able to leave the designated facilities for work or other purposes like attending the Settling-In-Programme during this additional testing period, and only be discharged after receiving a negative test result for the exit Polymerase Chain Reaction test administered.
8. Do employers have to arrange transportation to pick up their employees after completion of the 7-day testing regime?
Employers are required to pick up their employees from the designated facility to the dormitories. Employers will be informed via a phone call when you will be able to pick up your employees from the designated facility.
- Does the employee need to go through OAT PCR if the OAT Serology results are positive?
All employees are required to take another OAT PCR. This test will be administered at the SDF and will enable early detection of COVID-19 cases, provide access to medical care quickly, and reduce the risk of leakage of imported cases into the community.
- How much does the additional OAT PCR cost?
The additional OAT PCR test costs $125 per employee.
- Are foreign employees on harbour vessels required to be part of the additional 7-day testing regime?
Foreign employees who reside in harbour vessels which have been approved as
Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ) are subject to the additional 7-day testing regime.
- Should employers need to contact their foreign employees or have any queries during the 7-day testing regime, please contact the designated facilities’ managing agent using the following email addresses:
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